This article will update the Highland Global study, “Discount Statistics of Closed-end Funds,” (originally published in November 2005 and updated quarterly) for data relating to the first quarter of 2011. The original article with more details regarding discount statistics of closed-end funds is available at www.HighlandGlobal.com. Beginning with this update report, we will provide only the tables relating to the first quarter of 2011. Historic releases of our research can be accessed from our website.
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Morningstar’s Beta Data & Barron’s Closed-End Fund Data
Each quarter, Barron’s Online (www.barrons.com) reports statistics on publicly-traded closed-end funds. The statistics reported include the discount (or premium) of the market price from the fund’s net asset value (NAV), the 52-week average discount or premium, the fund’s objective, and various return measurements, etc. Morningstar (www.morningstar.com) reports various statistics on these funds, including metrics of beta. Highland Global then calculates the discount range, average, median, and standard deviation and reports these figures based on metrics such as the total data population, beta ranges, fund objectives, etc. The following table provides the summary of the analysis of closed-end funds with discounts to NAV during the first quarter 2011.